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Oklahoma City Thunder agree to trade Russell Westbrook to Houston Rockets for Chris Paul, reports say

The Oklahoma City Thunder have traded Russell Westbrook to the Houston Rockets for Chris Paul in an exchange of star point guards that reunites Westbrook with former teammate James Harden in Houston, according to multiple reports.

In addition to Paul, the Thunder also are getting first-round picks in 2024 and 2026, plus the right to swap first-rounders in two other seasons. The trade was first reported by ESPN.

Neither team had officially announced the trade as of Thursday night, but Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta told Fox 26 Houston that the deal had been agreed to.

“We’re so excited to have Russell Westbrook,” Fertitta said. “I would watch him play for Oklahoma City and he’s so athletic. At the same time this franchise just had the two years with the most wins it’s ever had in consecutive years and we wouldn’t have accomplished that without Chris Paul. Chris Paul is unbelievable and he’s gonna be sadly missed.

“I said at the end of the year we’re never gonna stand pat,” Fertitta went on. “We’re always gonna try to get better. I think this makes us a better team. I hate to lose Chris Paul, but we felt like we did what we had to do to become a better team.

“I think it’ll be very interesting and fun,” the Rockets owner added. “James [Harden] and Russell wanted to play together. It oughta be fun this year.”

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The 34-year-old Paul is owed roughly $125 million over the final three years of his contract, including a $44.2 million player option for 2021-22. Westbrook, who turns 31 early next season, is owed $171 million over the final four years of his existing deal.

Paul is a nine-time All-Star, Westbrook an eight-time selection. Paul has 9,181 career assists, the most among active players. Westbrook has 138 triple-doubles, tied with Magic Johnson for second-most in NBA history behind only Oscar Robertson’s 181.

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The Oklahoma City Thunder have traded Russell Westbrook, right, to the Houston Rockets for Chris Paul in an exchange of star point guards, according to reports.

Westbrook and Harden were Thunder teammates for three seasons, the last of those in 2011-12 when that duo and Kevin Durant took Oklahoma City to the NBA Finals. They lost in five games to LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat, and Harden was traded that summer to Houston — where he’s been a perennial All-Star ever since.

But when the Thunder agreed last week to trade Paul George to the Los Angeles Clippers, it became clear quickly that Westbrook would be on the move as well. And this trade, when completed, will mean that Thunder general manager Sam Presti has added seven first-round picks to the team’s stockpile in the last week or so.

Oklahoma City got five first-round future selections as part of the George trade. The Thunder are getting two more in this trade.

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Paul and Harden were teammates for two seasons in Houston. The Rockets had a 3-2 lead over Golden State in the 2018 Western Conference finals when Paul injured a hamstring, and the Warriors rallied to win that series in seven games on the way to the NBA title. This past season, Houston was ousted by the Warriors in a six-game second-round series.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Hannity: The Dems are finally starting to listen to me

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Fox News’ Sean Hannity spoke Thursday about what he saw as top Democrats’ apparently shifting feelings about former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s scheduled testimony next week.

According to the AP, Democrats are now beginning to listen to Hannity,” he said.

“They’re worried about next Wednesday’s hearing — I’m excited about it.

“Those questions have all been thoroughly answered in the exhaustive, frankly political, poorly written… 448-page report.”

The “Hannity” host added that no matter their sudden concerns, some Democrats still wanted to beat the drum of collusion between President Trump and Russia, using Mueller’s testimony to advance their cause.

HANNITY: DEMS ABUSING THEIR POWER, GUILTY OF ‘PRESIDENTIAL HARASSMENT’

“In their desperate effort to keep their Russia collusion hoax, their conspiracy theories alive for as long as possible, Chairman Jerry Nadler of the Judiciary Committee, and Intel Chair Adam ‘The Cowardly’ Schiff, are forcing Bob Mueller to testify in public on Capitol Hill.”

Hannity claimed Rep. Schiff, D-Calif., in his capacity as House Intelligence Committee chairman, has been overseeing yet another investigation that was needlessly badgering Trump.

“The cowardly Schiff is conducting a separate sixth investigation,” he said, labeling the work of the California lawmaker’s colleague, “Jerry’s subpoena party.”

He continued: “This is harassment. They should be caring about what is a desperate situation at the border.

“They’re not doing anything to help the American people. They don’t have any agenda that’s going to solve our problems.”

In light of that allegation, Hannity said Democrats have been content instead to point to Trump and accuse him of collusion despite the Russia investigation’s conclusions.

“It’s a card that they keep playing over and over again — Russia, Russia, Russia,” he said.

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While Mueller is at the Capitol, Republicans should take the opportunity to grill him themselves, Hannity advised.

“Republicans should focus on the litany of what are unanswered questions that we have previewed on this program last night,” he said. “The political bias, the prosecutorial misconduct, politics, conflicts of interest.”

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Disney Channel cancels ‘Descendants 3’ premiere, to donate to non-profit in Cameron Boyce’s honor

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Disney Channel announced on Thursday that it’s canceling the upcoming “Descendants 3” red carpet premiere following the death of Cameron Boyce — and instead, will donate to a non-profit in the late actor’s honor.

“We’re proud to be part of Cameron Boyce’s legacy by showcasing his talents on screen, but we are cancelling the red carpet premiere event for ‘Descendants 3’ (scheduled for July 22) and instead, The Walt Disney Company will make a donation to the Thirst Project, a philanthropic organization to which Cameron was deeply committed,” read a statement from Disney Channel to Fox News.

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Disney Channel added that “with permission from the Boyce family” it will also “dedicate the telecast” of “Descendants 3” in his memory. Cameron played Cruella de Vil’s son, Carlos, in the musical fantasy franchise.

Along with the “Descendants” series, Boyce starred in the 2011 series “Jessie” and Disney XD’s series “Gamer’s Guide to Pretty Much Everything,” as well as worked on Disney Junior’s “Jake and the Never Land Pirates.”

DISNEY STAR CAMERON BOYCE SAID HE WANTED TO BE A ‘DIFFERENCE MAKER’ IN FINAL INTERVIEW

Boyce died following a seizure on Saturday. The seizure “was a result of an ongoing medical condition, and that condition was epilepsy,” the actor’s family said in a statement at the time.

In his final interview before his death, Boyce discussed his desire to give back.

DISNEY STAR CAMERON BOYCE DEAD AT 20

He told Haute Living in May: “There’s a long line of difference makers in my family. I’m following in the footsteps of some really strong men and women who have showed me what it means to give back; it’s the greatest way to fulfill yourself.”

Boyce’s actions spoke even louder than his words did: The actor won the Pioneering Spirit Award at the 9th Annual Thirst Gala last April for raising over $30,000 for the Thirst Project, building two new wells in Swaziland.

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“Many people have the heart to give back, but a lot don’t know how to. I try to be the bridge for those people – whether that means getting them involved in one of my campaigns or inspiring them by showing them a blueprint of how to get others engaged,” he said, adding, “Every time I talk to someone who shares that similar passion, we talk about how there aren’t many feelings more euphoric. Changing someone else’s life positively changes yours for the better as well.”

Fox News’ Jessica Sager contributed to this report.

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Head of NASA’s spaceflight programs replaced with Trump’s Moon goal in focus

The longtime head of NASA’s human spaceflight programs has been replaced as the agency races to meet President Trump’s ambitious goal of returning American astronauts to the Moon in five years, a major shakeup that has stunned the space community.

William Gerstenmaier – known within the agency as simply “Gerst” – started working at NASA in 1977 as an engineer and rose to the rank of associate administrator for human exploration and operations in 2004.  But according to NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine, it’s precisely those bona fides that earned him the boot.

“He’s been at NASA for 42 years and we love him, and in fact, we have an opportunity now to land on the Moon in the year 2024 because of the hard work that he has put into the program,” Bridenstine said of Gerstenmaier in an exclusive interview with Fox News.  “But sometimes we need to remember, he started working at NASA when I was 2 years old, and there comes a time in every career when it’s time to move on.”

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William Gerstenmaier, seen here in November 2018, has been replaced as associate administrator for human exploration at NASA. (Sergei Savostyanov/TASS via Getty Images, File)

When pressed about what specifically earned Gerstenmaier his demotion, Bridenstine said, “I don’t think there’s anything that he was not doing.  I just think it’s time for new leadership.”

House Science, Space and Technology Committee Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson, D-Texas, said she is baffled by the decision to abruptly remove someone with Gerstenmaier’s level of institutional knowledge.   

“The Trump Administration’s ill-defined crash program to land astronauts on the Moon in 2024 was going to be challenging enough to achieve under the best of circumstances. Removing experienced engineering leadership from that effort and the rest of the nation’s human spaceflight programs at such a crucial point in time seems misguided at best,” said Johnson. 

For months, the Trump administration has been blunt about its frustration with the space agency’s track record of running over budget and behind schedule. 

“NASA must transform itself into a leaner, more accountable, and more agile organization,” Vice President Mike Pence said in March when he announced the new moonshot program.  “If NASA is not currently capable of landing American astronauts on the Moon in five years, we need to change the organization, not the mission.”

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The organization changed Wednesday night when Gerstenmaier and his top deputy, Bill Hill, were reassigned to special assistant positions.  Former NASA astronaut Ken Bowersox was named acting head of human exploration, but Bridenstine is launching a nationwide search to find a permanent replacement. 

We are moving fast to go to the Moon. We need a new generation of leaders that will step up and move out on the objective,” Bridenstine said.

Rep. Johnson argued the open search is a sign the shakeup was poorly conceived. 

“You don’t change horses in mid-stream, or if you try to do so, you better have the other horse ready to go,” Johnson said.

NASA’s new moonshot program is named Artemis because it is the “twin sister” to the Apollo program that achieved the first lunar landing 50 years ago next week. (In ancient Greek mythology, Artemis and Apollo were the twin offspring of the god Zeus and the goddess Leto.)

Bridenstine insists that Gerstenmaier was on board with Artemis’ accelerated timeline. 

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“He helped us create this timeline. He gave us the guidance that this was achievable,” said Bridenstine.  “In fact, we have a chance to land [on the Moon] in 2024 because of his efforts.”

But those efforts were not enough for Gerstenmaier to keep his job.  When asked if any other organizational changes were in the works, Bridenstine replied:  “Not at this time.”

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Authorities ID Nevada man found dead under vehicle after California quakes

Authorities in Nevada have identified a man who was found dead this week under a vehicle that may have collapsed on him during strong earthquakes in Southern California.

Nye County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to Troy Ray’s rural home in Pahrump on Tuesday; they found him pinned under a Jeep. Sheriff’s Sgt. Adam Tippetts said Ray, 55, was last seen alive at a nearby gas station on July 3.

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This undated booking photo provided by the Nye County, Nev., Sheriff’s Office shows Troy Ray. (Nye County Sheriff’s Office via AP)

A day later, a 6.4-magnitude earthquake struck 95 miles away from Ray’s home in Ridgecrest, Calif. The quake was followed by a 7.1 tremor the next day in the same area.

Authorities ruled Ray’s death an accident from asphyxia and blunt trauma. Police believe the vehicle may have come crashing down on Ray during one of the quakes.

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The Jeep where Troy Ray was found dead. Officials think it collapsed on him due to earthquakes last week. (Rachel Aston/Las Vegas Review-Journal via AP)

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“The vehicle that the male was found pinned under had been jacked up safely and, based on the positioning of the body and the tools found at the scene, the male appeared to be working on the vehicle at the time of his death,” Tippetts said.

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Rep. Tlaib calls for ‘lawless president’ to be impeached, says plan is still to ‘defund ICE’

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Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich, repeated her calls to impeach President Trump and to defund U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), promising to “defund hate.”

Tlaib made headlines shortly after being sworn into Congress when she vowed to supporters that she was going to “impeach the motherf—–.” Speaking on the liberal podcast “Pod Save America” on Thursday, she expressed those same views… but with cleaner language.

“I have to deal with a president who should have been impeached months ago,” she told the former Obama staffers who host the podcast.

“At least the inquiry should have happened. I mean, we are dealing with a lawless president. No matter what we pass here, whatever the Supreme Court decisions are — he is going to do what he wants to do because he is kinglike and no one is holding him accountable.”

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The conversation later shifted to the border crisis, where she reiterated her stance to defund ICE.

“I’ve been so focused on my district … some of this, just the discussion surrounding the border … for many of us especially for some of my colleagues it is very personal for us. we are very passionate about those issues,” Tlaib said.

“But, I think from day one, many of us came here saying, we want to defund hate. And we want to defund ICE. And we haven’t wavered on those issues and we hold as many of us continue to do, is educate and mobilize people to understand the importance of a real fix to our immigration crisis. not throwing money at a broken system.”

Tlaib was one of the small group of progressive House Democrats who voted against the border funding bill that was passed by Congress.

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Earlier this week, the Michigan congresswoman had a sharp rebuke to Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif, who criticized the vocal minority of progressives who opposed the border funding.

“You know, people like us — people like me and Ayanna and Ilhan and Alexandria — we’re reflective of our nation in many ways. People like us — people of color — have been missing in the chamber,” Tlaib reacted. “It is very disappointing that the speaker would ever try to diminish our voices in so many ways.”

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Hurricane warning issued for parts of Louisiana coast ahead of Tropical Storm Barry

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New Orleans’ improved post-Katrina flood defenses are expected to face an extreme test as Tropical Storm Barry threatens to turn into the first hurricane of the season and blow ashore with torrential rains.

Barry could have winds of about 75 mph, just barely over the threshold for a hurricane, when it comes ashore, making it a Category 1 storm, forecasters said.

It is expected to bring more than a foot and a half of rain in potentially ruinous downpours that could go on for hours as the storm passes through the metropolitan area of nearly 1.3 million people and pushes inland.

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As of late Thursday afternoon, Barry was about 90 miles south of the mouth of the Mississippi, with winds around 40 mph. A hurricane warning was posted for a 100-mile stretch of the Louisiana coastline just below Baton Rouge and New Orleans.

Gov. John Bel Edwards has asked the Trump administration for a federal declaration of emergency ahead of Barry’s expected landfall late Friday or early Saturday.

In a letter Thursday to President Trump, Edwards asked that the state receive supplementary federal resources as soon as possible should they be needed. His letter noted that in the past 24 hours, 28 parishes have issued emergency declarations and 14 are in the process of doing so.

Trump tweeted Thursday evening: “To everyone on the Gulf Coast: As you make preparations to protect your homes & loved ones from flooding & the coming storm, it is imperative that you heed the directions of @FEMA, State & Local Officials. We are working closely w/ them. Please be prepared, be careful, & be SAFE!”

The Louisiana National Guard said Edwards has authorized activating up to 3,000 soldiers and airmen ahead of the storm. Officials said high-water vehicles and boats have been staged and helicopters are ready to provide support as needed.

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Edwards declared an emergency earlier in the week as the storm brewed in the Gulf of Mexico.

The storm’s blow could form a dangerous combination with the already-high Mississippi River, which has been swelled by heavy rain and snowmelt upriver this spring.

“There are three ways that Louisiana can flood: storm surge, high rivers and rain,” Edwards said. “We’re going to have all three.”

Meteorologist Benjamin Schott said the chief concern is not the wind: “Rainfall and flooding is going to be the No. 1 threat with this storm.”

Edwards said authorities do not expect the Mississippi River to spill over its levees, but cautioned that a change in the storm’s direction or intensity could alter that.

Hurricane Katrina caused catastrophic flooding in New Orleans in 2005, and was blamed for more than 1,800 deaths in Louisiana and other states, by some estimates.

In its aftermath, the Army Corps of Engineers began a multibillion-dollar hurricane-protection system that isn’t complete. The work included repairs and improvements to some 350 miles of levees and more than 70 pump stations that are used to remove floodwaters.

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The National Weather Service said it expects the Mississippi to rise to 19 feet by Saturday morning at a key gauge in the New Orleans area, which is protected by levees 20 to 25 feet high.

The National Hurricane Center said as much as 20 inches of rain could fall in parts of eastern Louisiana, including Baton Rouge, and the entire region could get as much as 10 inches. The New Orleans area could get 10 to 15 inches through Sunday, forecasters said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Trey Gowdy: Mueller does not want to ‘participate’ in keeping the Russia story alive

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Former congressman Trey Gowdy said Thursday on “The Story with Martha MacCallum” that Democrats want to keep the Russia investigation story “alive,” but Special Counsel Robert Mueller does not want to be involved in that.

Previewing next week’s hearings, Gowdy said: “They’re bringing him, they want to keep the story alive. He’s not going to participate in that. He’s not going to answer anything outside the four corners of his report.

“So this is just to have a day-long series. The focus will be on the questions. Mueller is not going to give you any interesting answers, I have quizzed him before.”

Mueller is set to testify on July 17.

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Mueller’s report found no proof that the Trump campaign conspired with Russia to influence the election, despite multiple outreach efforts by Russians, and did not reach a conclusion on whether President Trump obstructed justice.

Gowdy explained the type of response Mueller would give next week to MacCallum.

“And this will be his answer. Why didn’t I look into anything else? ‘Because I wasn’t asked to.’ When did I conclude there was no collusion? ‘When I interviewed the last witness.’ And that’ll be that,” Gowdy said.

The former congressman reiterated that nothing would be gained intellectually from the hearing next week.

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“Mueller is a Marine, former FBI director. He’s not… He is going to answer the question maybe and nothing more,” Gowdy said.

“You will learn nothing next Wednesday except a lot of my former colleagues think they’re great questioners and think that they should have their five minutes.”

Fox News’ Gregg Re contributed to this report.

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Liz Cheney: Pelosi-AOC dispute indicates ‘unraveling’ of the Democratic Party

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s, D-N.Y., and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi‘s latest disagreement is indicative of the Democratic Party‘s drastic shift to the left, according to Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo.

Ocasio-Cortez’s claim she and other freshman progressives are being “singled out” as “newly-elected women of color” shows Rep. Pelosi’s, D-Calif. attempts to quell dissent within her ranks is not working, Cheney claimed Thursday on “The Story.”

“I think what you’re watching is really the unraveling of the Democratic Party as we’ve known it in the past,” she said.

“You have a situation where you have this very radical wing of the House Democrats, and the Speaker has attempted many times to keep everybody under control by, in the past, moving very far left.

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“You see now that’s not working for her.”

The House Republican Conference chairwoman added she believed Democrats have, “become a party of socialists.”

“They are advocating this far-left set of positions,” she said.

In that regard, Cheney claimed Pelosi recognizes far-left policy proposals are not within the mainstream of American politics and could pose an electoral problem for her party.

“She’s in a very difficult situation,” she said.

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“She’s dealing with a situation where she’s being dragged very far to the radical left fringe.”

Cheney also claimed Republicans do not invoke race or ethnicity when engaging in a dispute among their ranks.

“We all have an obligation and responsibility to our constituents… to make arguments… based on substance,” she said.

Earlier Thursday, Pelosi stood her ground in response to Ocasio-Cortez claiming the speaker has been disrespectful to several minority lawmakers, saying she has the backing of her caucus and defending her handling of the rabble-rousing freshman ‘squad’ the Bronx Democrat leads.

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Notably, Pelosi all but confirmed that a warning she delivered to rank-and-file lawmakers a day earlier about using social media for attacks on fellow Democrats was prompted by Ocasio-Cortez’s chief of staff.

Asked about her ongoing spat with the New York lawmaker, Pelosi acknowledged how she recently addressed — “at the request of my members” — an “offensive tweet that came out of one of the member’s offices” that compared centrist Democrats to segregationists. That tweet was authored and then deleted by Ocasio-Cortez’ chief of staff Saikat Chakrabarti.

“Our members took offense at that,” Pelosi said, claiming her comments received a positive response.

Fox News’ Alex Pappas contributed to this report.

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Primary challenge to Amy McGrath’s bid to take down McConnell ‘might be helpful,’ Dem lawmaker says

The knives are out for Amy McGrath.

Rep. John Yarmuth, the only Democrat elected to federal office from Kentucky, hinted Thursday that McGrath, a Marine combat aviator, might not be the best candidate to take down Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell next year as a series of unforced errors have already buffeted her campaign in its first two days.

Yarmuth told the Louisville Courier-Journal that McGrath made a “pretty significant mistake” by indicating that she would have voted to confirm Brett Kavanuagh to the Supreme Court on Wednesday. McGrath, who said she opposed Kavanaugh at the time of his contentious confirmation fight, flip-flopped four hours later on social media and said that after “reflection,” she would have voted against Kavanaugh.

Yarmuth told the paper that the first days of McGrath’s campaign “could have gone smoother,” despite raising a whopping $2.5 million in its first 24 hours prior to hitting turbulence.

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“By her own admission she made a pretty significant mistake and corrected it,” the seven-term lawmaker said. “I hope she prepares a little bit better for the rest of the campaign. I’m sure she will.”

“I think a primary might be helpful in this situation,” Yarmuth added. “Because whoever is going to face off against Mitch McConnell really needs to get their game in shape. Certainly, Amy would be a favorite in any kind of primary, but I think it would help her and if somebody else could beat her they would have demonstrated their strength as well.”

“I think a primary might be helpful in this situation.”

— Kentucky Democrat Rep. John Yarmuth

McGrath’s campaign launch Tuesday was aided by a breathless NBC News report hours earlier that McConnell’s distant ancestors owned slaves — a revelation blunted by McConnell pointing out that President Barack Obama’s ancestors did as well.

In another striking moment, an eager MSNBC anchor also urged McGrath to tell viewers how they could easily donate to her campaign online.

But McGrath, who ran unsuccessfully for the House last year, was quickly criticized for her claim in a televised interview earlier on Tuesday that President Trump’s election was similar to the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Then she opened the floodgates in an interview with the Courier-Journal, Kentucky’s highest-circulation newspaper.

“You know, I think that with Judge Kavanaugh, yeah, I probably would have voted for him,” McGrath said Wednesday.

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Amy McGrath was narrowly defeated in her bid for a House seat last year. (AP Photo/Bryan Woolston, File)

“I didn’t listen to all of the hearings. I don’t think there was anything, and I’m not a lawyer or a senator on the Judiciary Committee, so I don’t know the criteria,” McGrath offered. “But I was very concerned about Judge Kavanaugh, what I felt like were the far-right stances that he had. However, there was nothing in his record that I think would disqualify him in any way. And the fact is when you have the president and the Senate, this is our system and so I don’t think there was anything that would have disqualified him in my mind.”

Although McGrath called Christine Blasey Ford’s accusations of sexual misconduct by Kavanaugh in high school “credible,” she reiterated that she did not view them as “disqualifying.”

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“Well, I mean I think again, I think it’s credible but given the amount of time that lapsed in between and from a judicial standpoint, I don’t think it would really disqualify him,” McGrath said.

Four hours after her remarks were published, McGrath tweeted a mea culpa that immediately drew scorn from both Democrats and Republicans.

“I was asked earlier today about Judge Brett Kavanaugh and I answered based upon his qualifications to be on the Supreme Court. But upon further reflection and further understanding of his record, I would have voted no,” McGrath wrote.

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She continued: “I know I disappointed many today with my initial answer on how I would have voted on Brett Kavanaugh. I will make mistakes and always own up to them. The priority is defeating Mitch McConnell.”

Reaction on social media was unsparing.

“This, my friends, is what we call an unforced error,” journalist Yashar Ali observed.

“Take your third position on this later, the night is young,” said Jake Wilkins, the communications director for North Dakota Sen. Kevin Cramer.

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Read the headline of an article on the left-wing blog Jezebel: “Unfortunately, the Woman Trying to Unseat Mitch McConnell Also Kind of Sucks.”

McGrath narrowly lost a House race to an incumbent Republican in Kentucky last year. During that race, McGrath slammed Kavanaugh and suggested she would not support his confirmation — leading some prominent commentators on social media to charge that McGrath’s flip-flop was actually multi-layered.

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